WordPress has been the boon several developers and non-programmers seek, thanks to its ease of use and ground breaking content management abilities. With it, anyone can develop a high quality website and blogs. Developing a custom website on WordPress still remains a challenge which one can overcome by designing a website of choice on PSD. This PSD design needs to be converted into WordPress for a highly customized website that scores highly in terms of aesthetic design and functionality. How to come with this conversion entails the following steps:
PSD to WordPress Slicing
First and foremost, slice the image into smaller files of distinct design components for each one of it will have different usage and functionality. One needs to be cut the perfect pixel images and carefully show them together in the website.
Creating index.html and style.css
Once done with the slicing part, what’s required next is coding the sliced images into HTML or XHTML format using CSS. One can use software such as Dreamweaver or Fireworks to code and integrate the images. The coding enables rollover effects and pixel perfect placement of the images. The CSS file is ideally named as Style.css and HTML file as index.html. The coding should be W3C compliant, search engine friendly and cross browser compatible.
To develop a custom WordPress site, one needs to create a WordPress theme that is uploaded on the WordPress software. In order to do so, break the index.html file into several HTML files according to the theme file structure such index.php, header.php, footer.php, sidebar.php and other related files.
Inclusion of WordPress Tags
The best thing about WordPress is the availability of thousand of plugins that induce basic as well as advanced functionality to any website. Add inbuilt function tags within the theme files. These plugins can be chosen as per the requirement and functionality desired by the developer. There are several resources available over the internet where one can find complete lists of WordPress tags and functions.
The final step is to add desired functionalities to the theme one has created. To add new functionalities go to dashboard and configure the existing structure. It is easily done as there is no need to change the HTML code over and over again. In addition, one can also download a plugin of desired functionality and simply install it in the WordPress theme.